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Address: 837 Te Ngae Rd, Rotorua 3074, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 7-345 6543
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07:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 07:30 - 22:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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River Rats have been offering quality adventures for over 30 years. There’s...

River Rats have been offering quality adventures for over 30 years. There’s something for everyone, from a gentle grade 2 scenic raft trip suitable for participants as young as 5 years old, through to full on grade 5 action featuring the world's highest commercially rafted waterfall. Kayaking is available as freedom hire or a guided tour. Paddle the local lakes to a secluded beach or enjoy a hot water swim only accessible by boat.

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So much fun!

We have river rafted several places in the world, but never a 7 m waterfall before. It was so much fun! When we got to the big one, I thought it was another warm-up fall, which is... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
AnneM227
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Los Gatos, California
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Los Gatos, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have river rafted several places in the world, but never a 7 m waterfall before. It was so much fun! When we got to the big one, I thought it was another warm-up fall, which is probably a good thing, since I didn't have time to get scared. We had a blast and the only thing we could have... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had the best time with river rats on the Kaituna river. Truly a great experience. Also the photos they took were great (surcharge if you want them).

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Thank crystal00jade
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went to this rafting experience with other two friends and we had an amazing time. Everyone was so friendly and explained in detail what to expect throughout the day. We loved the pictures and I would highly recommend them, CONGRATULATIONS!

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Thank Fernando O
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

Falls were absolutely amazing and the crew we're really easy to get along with and had a great sense of humour making you feel really comfortable. Definitely would go back again!

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Thank Scott T
Ventura, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Just got off the river and this is a must do if in the area. Exhilarating trip down a beautiful river. To raft over a 21 meter waterfall is pure fun. My wife and I would do it again in a heartbeat. While exhilarating, it never felt dangerous or out of control. As Mike (our guide) stated, if you tip... More 

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RiverRatNZ, Owner at River Rats Raft & Kayak, responded to this review

The main waterfall on the Kaituna is around 7 metres or 23 feet. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

I was pretty nervous going into this, I haven't done many adventure-like activities. This was my first white water rafting experience and I absolutely loved this. Don't let the Grade 5 scare you off! The scenery on the river is pretty amazing too. Despite ending up in the water I never felt cold at all. The photos at the end... More 

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Thank Kate H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

What an amazing experience. Highly recommend. One of us was a little nervous coming into the water rafting however the knowledgable staff and friendly smiles made the experience one to remember. The 7m drop was very exciting and very safe. The photos were great and a great momento of our day. Definitely a must do for the thrill seakers and... More 

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Thank besell
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

I would highly recommend River Rats in Rotorua NZ. Rick, Justin, Adam and the rest of the team were great! I don’t swim, and was a bit nervous. River rafting was never something I would have booked on my own, but so glad this excursion was part of my itinerary. We had so much fun, and the team at River... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Without doubt the best experience to date, mate and I got picked up from holiday park by one of the guys at RiverRats short drive to HQ for a comprehensive training and safety briefing and kitted up in wetsuits, boots, jackets etc. Comfort zone check. Another short drive to the river and the fun begins with confidence we rode the... More 

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Thank Warren M
Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

I visited River Rats in September 2016. Our guides Justin, Adam and the entire team were amazing. They provided all of the equipment needed to be safe and very good instructions. I was quite nervous because I haven't whitewater rafted before, but they made us feel very comfortable and safe. It was a very memorable experience and I highly recommend... More 

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